Friday, 6 September 2013

Sepia Saturday – the Titanic and the Queen Mary


This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt is of a young lady in a boat on a trip to nowhere.

I found a couple of boat photos in my Nanna’s album.

The first is of Nanna beside the Titanic – a classic little model. 

Mum thinks she is probably on one of the dams on the family property in Beeac, in Victoria’s Western District.



The next is of my Nanna with a parasol in a slightly bigger boat with a group of friends. 

They are probably on Lake Keilambete a popular boating and fishing spot for the family. 

Lake Keilambete (an Indigenous name) is one of Victoria’s crater lakes located just north of Terang, Victoria towards Noorat.


The third is of Nanna, her sister in law and their four children on the Queen Mary, their pet name for their big old dinghy. 

The vegetation looks like they could be somewhere on the Mornington Peninsula (SE of Melbourne) where we spent many childhood holidays. 

My mum (with the long plaits) is in the centre, sitting on the edge. Her cousin, Ian looks like he is pretending to row.


I was thinking that dinghy is a strange word so looked up its origin. Here’s the explanation from the Webster Dictionary.


24 comments:

  1. Titanic & Queen Mary; love the boat names!

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  2. The shot of the Queen Mary on the beach is very funny -- your mother looks like MY mother did, with long braids (you call them plaits).

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  3. Thank goodness your Nanna was a boat-loving lady who has prvided us with so many perfectly themed images for this week.

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  4. I've got photos of my father and his siblings sitting around in beached boats and remember doing it myself.

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  5. The second picture looks so peacefully idyllic with the ladies shading themselves from the sun with pretty parasols and the fellows casually rowing along. Makes you want to sit back, take a deep breath, and let it out with sigh of longing for a carefree afternoon somewhere on a lake or pond or stream . . .

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  6. "Dinghy" sound so much like "dinky" that I think of all dinghies as being dinky.

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  7. Fabulous names ! Thanks too for sharing the origin of the word dinghy - I'd never really thought about it but I like finding out where words come from.

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  8. First boat is interesting as it possibly just one shaped sheet of corrugated iron
    Second boat probably on a river as Lake Keil...... is a perfectly round volcanic lake. One of the best preserved
    The third photo was taken at Warneet on Western Port Bay
    We obviously did not give you all details. Too worried about iPad to Computer lessons

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    1. Thanks for adding this info Dad, or is it Mum?

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  9. I love all their outfits.. and not a life jacket in sight. How different it would look now.

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  10. I thought the first boat was metal too, made of corrugated sheeting. Long pigtails and a tartan(?) skirt - quite fetching. Three ideal photos for the theme, enhanced by the family connections.

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    1. It almost looks like a school uniform, but an odd place to be wearing it.

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  11. Your family certainly loved posh boats.

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  12. A great set of photos and they look to be having fun "messing about in boats".

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  13. Taking this in another direction...I remember a party album my folks had with a song called, "Davey's Dingy." I think they all had to get a bit rip snortin' to enjoy the album. It was over my head as a child.

    Quite wonderful photos.

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  14. The Titanic...
    Not a name I would have chosen,
    personally...
    :D~
    HUGZ

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    1. It doesn't look like it would float very long though - maybe appropriate!

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  15. Sitting in a boat is always fun, either on the water or on the sand.

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  16. Your family had quite a sense of humor when it came to naming their boats. "Titanic" wasn't such a good choice, though. LOL

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  17. Three great boating photographs, even though in two of them the people are actually going nowhere :-)

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